Creating “Big Light” in the Studio

Ian Spanier

Ian makes studio lighting understandable.  Using a three-light setup we get to see how he creates “big light” that mimics the type of lighting ratios you’d get when working near a large window.  Using three lights and various modifiers, Ian creates a lighting scenario that offers consistent and repeatable results. 

This segment was filmed at Canon’s Professional Technology and Support Center in Burbank, California. 

Ian Spanier Bio

When he was six years old, Ian Spanier received his first point and shoot camera, and from there his fate was sealed. He majored in photography in college and then worked in publishing, though his love for pictures never left him. Ian went beyond his 35 mm experience and taught himself medium and large format photography as well as lighting techniques. His self-taught methods must have done the trick because Ian went on to have a long and distinguished list of clients, including MTV, HBO, Men’s Fitness, Marie Claire, Conde Nast Traveler, Bank of America, The New York Times, Simon & Schuster, Price Waterhouse and many, many more. Ian has published several books including Heroes: America’s Volunteer Fire Fighters (2012) and Playboy, A Guide to Cigars (2010), both of which received rave reviews. What has made his work so spectacular is his ability to "shoot what he sees", and he is continually inspired by great photographers who have come before him. Previously a NY resident, Ian now lives with his family in sunny California, though his work still takes him all over the world.



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